Cotuit’s Stance on Piers

Braddock Crocker’s pier, built in 1797 (courtesy of David Churbuck)

David Churbuck has an excellent three-part blog post that details the history of Cotuit’s opposition to piers, from the initial opposition to the Harbor View pier that went all the way up to the Massachusetts Supreme Court through the creation of the overlay district. It is well worth a read. Unfortunately, while the overlay district was intended to put an end to the need for constant efforts on the part of the village to, people still have to band together in opposition to the pressure of a waterfront property owner in want of something not available to other taxpayers.